Denon has this week announced a new multi-room range to rival the Sonos, dubbed the HEOS range, it was unveiled by Denon during the D&M Group European Deal Conference in Marbella, and is an “originator of this category” according to Denon’s CEO Jim Caudill.
The range will include the Denon HEOS 7, HEOS 5 and the HEOS 3 speakers, all available along with a link, amp and extend unit, that can be used to extend the range.
The system will use an existing dual-band 802.11n network, allowing it to stream music from a number of local and cloud sources, playback from which can be synced across all of the speakers around homes, between different zones. The speakers can also individually play their own audio.
The range will work with Spotify, Deezer, TuneIn, Napster and Pandora from day one, and Denon also says that it will working with iTunes, iHeart, Rhapsody and Beats Music in the future.
In terms of specs, the HEOS 7 is the biggest of them all, with five Class D amplifiers, two custom tweeters and mid-woofers, a sub-woofer and two radiators.
The HEOS 5 features four Class D amps, two tweeters and mid-woofers, and a passive radiator. And finally the HEOS 3 has a 2-channel digital amp with dual full-range woofers.
All of the speakers will also feature USB and Aux-in inputs, and will be available in both black and silver, with a app that will control the speakers available for both iOS and Android, with a Windows Phone version currently under consideration.
Denon says that the range will reach Europe in mid-August, however they did not announce a specific date, or pricing structure.